WALKS

 

WALKING PROGRAMMES

The relaxation of the coronavirus regulations means that Ramblers may once again allow groups of up to 30 people to walk together.

They can now travel anywhere in Scotland.

During the walk 2 metre social distancing should still be observed and no car sharing although not advised is not illegal. If you wish to car share please check government guidelines. Walkers should go direct to the start, please contact the walk leader if you are unsure of its location. The phone number of the walk leader can be found on the programme.

The wearing of facemasks is up to the individual. Please carry your own hand sanitiser and this should not be shared nor should walkers share walking poles or any other equipment.

Programme suggestions and volunteers as leaders are always welcome. Please contact any committee member.

As with any outdoor activity there are inherent risks associated with walking whether on gentle paths or on hill tops. All walkers are responsible for their own safety and are required to take all reasonable steps to ensure their own and fellow walkers' safety whilst on a walk.

If you have an accident or incident please let the walks secretary know.

General Information

Prospective walkers should consider the grading and length of a walk they plan to join. We walk at a fairly brisk pace (except SLOW walks), but often stop for a rest and to admire the views. The walks leader may nominate front and back markers if necessary, those walking should walk between these two markers where possible, where not possible they should inform the relevant marker.

Walkers are reminded that appropriate walking clothing (boots, waterproofs, etc) are strongly advised for all walks but are essential for all SC+/ SB/ SB+ walks. Walkers should ensure they have sufficient food and water for all walks, particularly day walks - bring a packed lunch unless otherwise advised.

In the event that a walker needs to leave a walk they must inform the walks leader prior to leaving the walk.

Regrettably dogs are not permitted on any organised ramble, with the exception of guide dogs.

The walks leader may change a walk because of adverse conditions. The leader may also turn away anyone if they do not believe they are fit enough or well enough equipped for the walk.

Walkers should ensure they are fit enough for the planned walk. In addition walkers are advised to carry a first aid kit and a survival blanket - both easily available at outdoor shops. No walker under the age of 18 will be allowed to participate without an accompanying responsible adult.

You'll soon pick up all the information and tips you need from the others in the group.

For up to date weather information, please visit www.mwis.org.uk.

Notes for Walk Leaders

Leaders should ensure they have the necessary navigational tools for the planned route and any escape routes (e.g. map, compass, and whistle). Walks leaders are requested to file a written walk report (approx. 200 words) with the Press Secretary by phone, letter, or preferably by email. The committee (and members) are grateful to all walks leaders for their time and the effort required to plan and lead all walks. A list of maps and walk books is available in the forms section of this web site. They are free to borrow by contacting Esther Daborn at estherdaborn@gmail.com

 

WALK GRADES

SA Strenuous - long with steep ascents / descents, may involve some scrambling
SB+  Between moderate and strenuous
SB  Moderate - stamina and fitness required, possibly some steeper gradients
SC+ Easy to moderate, some challenge
SC Easy, usually on level ground and good paths / tracks
SD At a slow pace with stops, generally flat walks

THE COUNTRYSIDE CODE

The Land Reform Act 2003 gives us open access to all Scotland’s countryside, mountains and coast (with a few exceptions) and in return we strictly observe the Countryside Code:

  • Leave all gates as you find them
  • Leave NO litter
  • Light no fires
  • Cause NO damage to gates or fences etc.
  • Do not walk through growing crops
  • Do not frighten or alarm livestock

It’s common sense really.

DOWNLOAD FORMS

To download forms, including expense forms, walk attendance and emergency forms, please click here.